Dear friends,

It’s been a busy year! In 2023 Coro Lux and El Faro gave 14 performances, including such masterpieces as Rachmaninoff’s “All Night Vigil,” Mozart’s “Requiem,” and Handel’s “Messiah.” We started the year by singing Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the New Mexico Philharmonic and ended it with El Faro singing on Opera Southwest’s New Year’s Eve Gala. And in between we co-hosted (with the United Church of Santa Fe) Dr. André Thomas for FebFest, and gave a world premiere in Carnegie Hall.

But for now, we’re in the midst of our 9th season. So let me draw your attention to this spring’s calendar.

Our February concert of Spirituals and Gospel music (Music in the Air) will soon be upon us. This will be the first time we’ll perform in the lovely African-American Performing Arts Center. And later that same month our annual FebFest features a visit by the world-famous choral conductor Dr. Anton Armstrong in February. Register now to be sure to get a spot in the festival chorus. The number of singers we can accommodate is limited and this event is sure to sell out.

In April our chamber chorus will sing the always-popular Pops concerts at the Canteen Brewhouse. This year’s theme is An Afternoon at the Movies, and what a wealth of wonderful songs there are to choose from that category!

In May we’ll sing Carl Orff’s outrageous Carmina Burana, including professional dancers. And the season concludes with El Faros delightful spring concert.

I hope to see you at some or all of our concerts. Happy New Year!

Brad

Bradley Ellingboe

Founder and Artistic Director


Coro Lux — an auditioned chorus — has a generous scholarship program meant to help ALL who need financial help to participate, particularly those who are in the midst of, or who have recently finished, their schooling.

 For information about joining our chorus or contributing to our 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, please email info@abqcorolux.org.




FebFest 2023 Raises $1,500 for ABQ Chapter of Habitat for Humanity!

FebFest 2023, co-sponsored by Coro Lux and the United Church of Santa Fe, was led this year by Dr. André Thomas. With more than 100 singers coming from across northern New Mexico, our final concert in the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis in Santa Fe was attended by more than 500 people. The free-will offering raised $1,500, which went to the ABQ chapter of Habitat for Humanity. A similar amount went to the Santa Fe chapter, donated by the United Church.


Click the link below to watch KOB’s “Heart of New Mexico” feature on the El Faro Youth Chorus.

Special thanks to Ryan Laughlin and Willow Locke for their beautiful work on this piece.

https://www.kob.com/new-mexico/heart-of-new-mexico-trauma-informed-chorus-director-helps-youth-with-music/


Click the link below to watch the world premiere of “Ring Out, Wild Bells” by Taylor Scott Davis, performed during the Coro Lux Seasons of Love concert on December 15, 2022

Ring Out, Wild Bells


LAND USE STATEMENT

With profound respect, Coro Lux acknowledges that the city of Albuquerque where we sing is the traditional homeland of the Tiwa-speaking pueblos, and that the larger state of New Mexico is the ancestral homelands of the indigenous members of the Pueblos, Apache, and Navajo (Dine), and is the adopted homeland of many other indigenous tribal members who have made New Mexico their home. Coro Lux sings for a better world, and we honor the land on which we sing and those who lived here before us.


CORO LUX STATEMENT ON INCLUSIVITY

Coro Lux is built on the ideal of “doing good as we do well.” We believe that in diversity there is strength. We believe the voices of the world should be heard, regardless of ethnicity, gender, religion, nationality, or sexual orientation. In the past we have used our concerts to call for peace and to benefit charitable causes, and we will redouble our efforts going forward. Through our art we sing for a better world.

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